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Mount Kailash at dawn, showing its south face

Mountain Flights to Kailash Are Not Quite What They Seem

Tibet's impressive Mount Kailash is a sacred place and...
Noah's ark

Exploration Mysteries: Noah’s Ark

It was one of the first stories I ever...
A spellbook

Spellbooks: From the Book of the Dead to the Black Pullet

I remember strolling down the high street in Glastonbury...
A network of people.

Six Degrees of Separation

"Six degrees of separation. Between us and everybody else...
A boy wears gloves filled with bullet ants.

Extreme Coming of Age Rituals

American writer Harlan Coben described adolescence as a war...

Warrior Buried with Sword and Mirror Was a Woman

In 1999, archaeologists found a 2,000-year-old grave on the...
flood painting

Exploration Mysteries: Deconstructing the Flood Myth

“Then the Lord said to Noah: Go into the...
One of the only two remaining postmen's huts in Wales.

‘Glorified Garden Shed’: Locals Fight to Save Last Postmen’s Huts in Wales

For a time, postmen's huts dotted the British countryside....
A man makes a shepherd's leap.

Video: The Shepherd’s Leap

Think you're a dab hand with your walking poles?...
Chasing the cheese. Competitors take off down Cooper's Hill near Gloucester in England.

Dangerous Festivals: From Exploding Sledgehammers to Cheese Rolling

In some cultures, the term "party hard" is taken...
ghost town

Abandoned: Five Ghost Towns Worth Visiting

Economic decline, natural disasters, or changing times have turned...
island

Wanna Buy a Remote Island? Here Are a Few For Sale

Buying a private island may seem like something reserved...
Close shot of Lama Pasang, with his eyes closed behind the thick glasses.

Mourning Pasang Lama Seru, the Khumbu Trail Builder

Yesterday, Sherpas paid tribute on their social media to...
wooden tablet with lettering

Exploration Mysteries: Rongorongo, the Hieroglyphics of Easter Island

Because of Easter Island's remote location at the edge...
Navajo man with horse

Horses Transformed Native American Life Earlier Than Thought, Study Says

There's arguably no image of the American West more...
Chief priest Kozen Kuida and the mermaid.

Priest Vows to Take Care of ‘Mummified Mermaid’

Although the mummified ‘mermaid’ that scientists discovered last year...
A young man 'talking' in different languages, represented by different countries' flags.

From Esperanto to ‘Clicks’: Getting to Know Some of Our World’s Lesser Known Languages

The nearly eight billion people in the world speak...

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